Trump Refuses to Eat Vietnamese Food During Summit — Insists on Steak and Chocolate Cake
Donald Trump is in Vietnam for his second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and during their first dinner together Trump didn’t want to eat Vietnamese food.
Nope, no Pho for Trump.
Instead, sirloin steak and chocolate lava cake were on the menu at a dinner, with the steak most likely being well-done, according to The Washington Post.
The leaders sat down to eat at 7 p.m. local (7 a.m. ET) after a 20-minute one-on-one meeting at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.
A copy of the menu was published by the White House pool report, during the second in-person meeting between Kim and Trump.
Here’s what the chefs had in store for Trump and Kim.
Shrimp cocktail, romaine leaves, thousand island dressing, diced avocado, fresh lemon and herbs
Marinated tender sirloin grilled with sauce, served with kimchi fermented inside a pear.
Chocolate lava cake, chocolate crumble, wish fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.
Dried Persimmon and honey punch.
Joining Trump at the dinner was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; and an interpreter, Yun-hyang Lee.
Joining Kim at dinner was the high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol; the country’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho; and an interpreter, Sin Hye Yong.
White House and North Korean officials were reportedly stuck in a last-minute back-and-forth over the menu. CNN said the US delegation wanted to keep the menu “super simple”.
Dinner drama: A source close to the planning of tonight’s Kim-Trump dinner tells CNN that as of a few hours ago the chefs were struggling to get a menu approved because officials from both countries —especially the White House — kept adjusting the menu to make it “super simple”
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 27, 2019
Some pointed out the obvious:
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